Infrequent care visits linked to poorer self awareness of type 2 diabetes
Infrequent care visits linked to poorer self-awareness of type 2 diabetes
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A new US study has found that adults with type 2 diabetes who received no health care for a whole year were more likely to be unaware of their diabetes.By contrast, those who had been hospitalised during that time or had a family history of diabetes, among other things, were more likely to know they have the condition.According to data from 1,879 people collected by researchers at Social and Scientific Systems, in Maryland, adults who didn’t see a doctor in the past year had nearly six times higher odds of being unaware of their diabetes.Among those receiving suboptimal care, women were the ones lacking awareness of their condition the most. Other determinants of type 2 diabetes awareness included age and ethnicity.Younger adults, aged 20 to 44 years, were 24 per cent less likely to be aware of their diabetes status, compared to their middle aged peers. Asians had 44 per cent higher odds of not knowing they had type 2 diabetes or at what stage it was.
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